Meridian Schools Get Handicap-Accessible Playgrounds

Children with disabilities no longer have to sit on the sidelines and watch their friends without disabilities play on the playground. Now, there are parks at T.J. Harris Elementary and Parkview Elementary specially designed to allow them to play just like everyone else.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at T.J. Harris Elementary School Thursday to open one of two such facilities at Meridian Public Schools. The main goal of the playgrounds is to include everyone.

"Prior to having the playground, our kids would come outside during P.E. And even during recess, and the only thing that they could do was sit on the sidewalk in their chairs and watch as everyone else played," said Marcie Boyd, a student intern working with disabled children. "But now, since we've been blessed with such a beautiful playground that's accessible to all, our kids can now come out, interact with their peers during P.E. and recess. And as their teacher, it does my heart good to know that they are inclusive in all aspects of the school setting."

Parkview and T.J. Harris were chosen because they share a middle school on their campus, allowing the playgrounds to be used by more students.

Funds issued through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) paid for the playgrounds.

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    This is great and it would be nice to see it done not just at schools but everywhere. All children want to play and have fun. We should all strive to make life happier and better for children. Thanks to y'all it is happening. Good Job.
  • by WOW on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:17 PM
    This is the most amazing thing i have seen lately!! God bless the people who did this and most of all the kids who will enjoy it!!!
  • by Michael Van on Sep 2, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    Once again, MPSD shows that we lead the way in educating and loving ALL of God's children. I cannot think of a better use of my tax dollars than these wonderful playgrounds. Well done, Meridian Public School District.
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      by PTD on Sep 5, 2011 at 03:37 AM in reply to Michael Van
      The story states it was paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the presidents stimulus program. The same program thats helping rebuild many of our highways in Mississippi. Would be nice to hear someone giving credit where credit is due.
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